Satomi Shirai

Photographer Satomi Shirai channels her experiences as a Japanese immigrant in the United States in her controlled studies of dislocation and cultural alienation. “Since I started a semi-immigrant life, I have experienced two worlds, with two different cultures and systems: that of Tokyo/Japan and that of New York,” she has said. “I came to perceive things in both of these worlds by comparing each one. In my work, the presence of certain objects questions my memories, and my understanding, or lack thereof, of the world I inhabit.” Focusing primarily on the human subject within domestic spaces, Shirai carefully arranges her sitter’s possessions to reveal as much of their biography or identity as possible. These careful studies of the subject within the domestic quotidian are meant to facilitate and draw attention to interactions with objects taken often taken for granted or forgotten by …

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